Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Congratulations GYRabbits

The Association of Graveyard Rabbits has again been selected as one of the 2011 Best Genealogy Blogs by Family Tree Magazine in the cemetery category. Bless them! The category is described as: "Graveyard blogs bring cemeteries alive (figuratively, of course). Learn from cemetery lovers how to appreciate and understand the final resting places of your ancestors."

This is how Family Tree Magazine described the Reason for the Rabbit award:
"This unique blog and online journal represents the efforts of several 'graveyard rabbit' cemetery enthusiasts. Weekly posts introduce fellow members and link to all their articles. The journal promotes graveyard research and preservation. You'll see names of other top 40 bloggers here: Gale Wall of Digital Cemetery Walk (see below is the managing editor and footnoteMaven is the creative director.)"
Special shout-outs to Sheri Fenley (The Educated Graveyard Rabbit) for her weekly "Meet A Rabbit Column." To Gale Wall for her deft hand at editing the Journal this past year and to Robin Simonton (Graveyard Rabbit of the Triangle, N.C.) for her hit the ground running start as our new Journal Editor. And to Henk Van Kempen ( Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi) for presenting such a good rabbit face on Facebook.

And to the Journal staff of writers - you are the best group online.
Robin Simonton
Creative Director
History Hare
Tech T.I.P.
Denise Olson
Graveyard Guru
Stephanie Lincecum
Photo Monument
Digging For Answers
Randy Seaver
A Rabbit's Review
LisaMary Wichowski
Rabbit's Tale

Thank you! We are so very honored that you our readers, our members, Family Tree Magazine, and its expert panel felt us worthy. Somewhere, Terry Thornton is smiling down on us.

And if that weren't polish enough on the old granite, the following Graveyard Rabbits and their individual blogs also won in this category. Please stop by their blogs and congratulate them.
  • Digital Cemetery Walk: "Every stone has a story. And they are waiting to be told." This is Gale Wall's motto for a blog that shares images of gravestones and cemetery plots, the stories behind them, and thoughts inspired by traipsing through cemeteries. Her posts are informative, inspiring and often poignant. See her Cemetery Bookshelf page for a great list of resources.
  • Escape to Silent Cities: Tammi Thiele's lifelong passion for cemeteries shows in her writing and photography. Her young but prolific blog boasts near-daily entries with beautiful images and plenty of cemetery lore (such as tombstone trivia) and biographies of the deceased. If you aren't already a fan of cemeteries, Thiele will make you one. As she states on her site, "The best way to learn about neat cemeteries are from the [people] who love them."
  • Granite in My Blood: "Graveyard Rabbit" Midge Frazel blogs about family gravesites and her ancestors' stories, but her posts often have wider appeal. She freely shares lessons learned (do your research before cemetery visits) and opinions on genealogy products. One fan writes, "The blog contains beautiful photos and interesting tips and info on cemeteries, genealogy and family."
  • Gravestoned: This anonymous blogger is fairly new to the scene, but gives expert commentary on gravestone iconography and epitaphs. Gravestoned takes beautiful photos of markers, researches the origin of poetic inscriptions, and offers examples of similarly themed stones. The author participates regularly in the GeneaBlogger daily theme "Wednesday's Child," with posts on infant and child graves.

"Choosing this year's Family Tree 40 was a group effort -- by the readers who nominated and voted on their favorite blogs, as well as a panel of blogging veterans. These four leaders of the "geneablogging" community (who weren't eligible for the Family Tree 40) provided oversight during the nomination process and input on the final list. They also selected a Panel Pick in each category to highlight exemplary blogging.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the voice of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and the Family Tree Magazine Podcast. Cooke writes for several blogs, including her own Genealogy Gems News Blog, My Salt Lake Blog and the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast.

Thomas MacEntee is a social media expert on the genealogy community who speaks around the country about the role technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs play in family history. He runs three genealogy websites, including the GeneaBloggers network. He's been doing genealogy research for 18 years and blogging since 2006 at

DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, a popular blogger and lecturer at genealogy conferences. Her online genealogy life started in 1984, working with AOL's Genealogy Forum, and she was genealogy's first internet radio broadcaster. Today she hosts the Just Genealogy area in Second Life and is a force behind BetterGEDCOM.

Randy Seaver is a prolific blogger whose projects include Genea-Musings, The Geneaholic, South San Diego County Graveyard Rabbit and the Chula Vista Genealogical Society's Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe. A 22-year family history veteran, he belongs to several genealogical societies and teaches a beginning computer genealogy class in San Diego."


Descriptions of Panel Experts and Winning Blogs courtesy of Family Tree Magazine.


my Heritage Happens said...

Congratulations to the Graveyard Rabbit! Well deserved to everyone!

Gale Wall said...

Thank you to everyone that voted for me. And a big congratulations to all...some of our rabbits have blogs in a catergory other than cemeteries, so please visit them too. There are so many interesting blogs associated with the GYR and many that give of their time to promote what we are all about. Our welcome tells it best: an association dedicated to the academic promotion of the historical importance of cemeteries, grave markers, and the family history to be learned from a study of burial customs, burying grounds, and tombstones; and the social promotion of the study of cemeteries, the preservation of cemeteries, and the transcription of genealogical/historical information written in cemeteries.

Greta Koehl said...

Congratulations to you all - this is "virtual collaboration" at its finest!